Rockin' in the Rockies (1945)

67 mins | Western | 17 April 1945

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HISTORY

       In onscreen credits, Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Jerry Howard are identified only as "The Three Stooges." Although a HR production chart lists Wilbur McGaugh as assistant director, SAB credits Joseph Cavalieri in that capacity.
       This film is not the same as and should not be confused with the Three Stooges 2-reel short subject Rockin' Thru the Rockies , released 8 Mar 1940 (see ... More Less

       In onscreen credits, Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Jerry Howard are identified only as "The Three Stooges." Although a HR production chart lists Wilbur McGaugh as assistant director, SAB credits Joseph Cavalieri in that capacity.
       This film is not the same as and should not be confused with the Three Stooges 2-reel short subject Rockin' Thru the Rockies , released 8 Mar 1940 (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Apr 1945.
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Daily Variety
28 Nov 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 45
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Mar 45
p. 2354.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Jul 45
p. 2566.
New York Times
5 Jul 45
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOUND
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Wabash Blues," by Fred Meinken
"One O'Clock Jump," by Count Basie.
SONGS
"Rockin' in the Rockies," words and music by Harry Tobias and Mac Neuborn
"Miss Molly," words and music by Cindy Walker
"Upstairs, Downstairs," words and music by Vic Mizzy and Mann Curtis
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SONGS
"Rockin' in the Rockies," words and music by Harry Tobias and Mac Neuborn
"Miss Molly," words and music by Cindy Walker
"Upstairs, Downstairs," words and music by Vic Mizzy and Mann Curtis
"Wah-Hoo," words and music by Cliff Friend
"Ever So Quiet," words and music by Algy Moore
"Somewhere Along the Trail," words by Sammy Cahn, music by Saul Chaplin
"Skee Dee Waddle Dee Waddle Doo," words and music by Kenneth Trietsch.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
17 April 1945
Production Date:
1 December--22 December 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 April 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13309
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
6,069
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10701
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the Wagon Wheel Café in Reno, Nevada, the Hoosier Hotshots, an amateur musical group composed of ranch hands, aspire to become professional performers. When a drunk passes out at one of the gaming tables and money spills out of his pockets, tenderfeet Curly and Larry place one of the coins on the roulette table and hit the jackpot. Shorty Williams, a ranch foreman and would-be prospector, then convinces the two to invest their winnings in a prospecting trip. Soon after, Shorty learns that June McGuire and Betty, entertainers at the café, need a place to stay and offers them a room at the ranch and a stake in his prospecting venture. Desperate, the two women accept Shorty's offer, and when they arrive at the ranch, they meet the Hoosier Hotshots, who ask the women's help in obtaining an audition on Broadway. As the women begin to bring order to the disorderly ranch house, Rusty, the owner of the ranch, unexpectedly returns from agricultural college and finds his property overrun by strangers. After Shorty reassures his annoyed boss that his group will be leaving on a prospecting expedition the next morning, Rusty apologizes to June for his rude behavior, and the two become friends. The following day, Shorty leads June, Betty, Curly and Larry on a search for gold, while Rusty and the Hoosier Hotshots begin a cattle roundup. Upon discovering that the herd has been rustled, the Hotshots begin a search for the thieves. While riding the trail, they see Sam Clemens, an Easterner who has come to Nevada to invest in Rusty's ranch, and mistake him for one of the rustlers. The ... +


At the Wagon Wheel Café in Reno, Nevada, the Hoosier Hotshots, an amateur musical group composed of ranch hands, aspire to become professional performers. When a drunk passes out at one of the gaming tables and money spills out of his pockets, tenderfeet Curly and Larry place one of the coins on the roulette table and hit the jackpot. Shorty Williams, a ranch foreman and would-be prospector, then convinces the two to invest their winnings in a prospecting trip. Soon after, Shorty learns that June McGuire and Betty, entertainers at the café, need a place to stay and offers them a room at the ranch and a stake in his prospecting venture. Desperate, the two women accept Shorty's offer, and when they arrive at the ranch, they meet the Hoosier Hotshots, who ask the women's help in obtaining an audition on Broadway. As the women begin to bring order to the disorderly ranch house, Rusty, the owner of the ranch, unexpectedly returns from agricultural college and finds his property overrun by strangers. After Shorty reassures his annoyed boss that his group will be leaving on a prospecting expedition the next morning, Rusty apologizes to June for his rude behavior, and the two become friends. The following day, Shorty leads June, Betty, Curly and Larry on a search for gold, while Rusty and the Hoosier Hotshots begin a cattle roundup. Upon discovering that the herd has been rustled, the Hotshots begin a search for the thieves. While riding the trail, they see Sam Clemens, an Easterner who has come to Nevada to invest in Rusty's ranch, and mistake him for one of the rustlers. The Hotshots arrest Clemens and take him to town, and when he is unable to prove his identity because he has misplaced his wallet, the sheriff jails him. Soon after, the Hotshots learn that Broadway producer Tom Trove is in town and rush to his hotel. When Trove, who has come to Reno for a rest, refuses to audition them, the musical cowhands serenade him from the street, and the producer turns a fire hose on them. When Rusty learns that his cowhands have arrested Clemens, he gallops into town and arranges for Clemens' release from jail. Furious, Clemens proclaims that he is no longer interested in the ranch and plans to return East. Meanwhile, Shorty devises a scheme to get Trove's attention. Dressed as termite exterminators, Shorty, Larry and Curly invade the producer's room to blast out the bugs. As the threesome agitate the producer with their antics, Betty and June burst into the room and offer Trove peace and solitude at the ranch. Trove gratefully accepts, but when he realizes that their invitation was a ruse to assure his presence at the Hotshots' audition, he protests. Soon after, Rusty and Clemens arrive at the ranch, and when Rusty orders the audition canceled, Shorty knocks him out and locks Rusty and Clemens in a shed. As the audition commences, Trove discovers that he is actually enjoying himself and enthusiastically offers to produce the Hotshots and Betty and June as a comedy act. Rusty and Clemens then escape from the shed, and when Larry, excited by Trove's acclaim, accidentally sets his chaps on fire, causing several rocks to fall out of his pocket, Clemens recognizes the stones as valuable minerals. After Larry tells Clemens that he found the rocks on Rusty's ranch, Clemens offers to go into partnership with Rusty, and all ends happily. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
with songs, Show business


Subject

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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